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Publisher Comments:

A trip with his estranged father changes Nate forever.

Commended for the Popular Paperback Young Adults Pick, 2014 and short-listed for the Forest of Reading - White Pine Award for Fiction, 2014

Just as summer vacation is about to arrive, Nate Huffman's plans are unexpectedly shelved for the most unlikely of reasons: the reappearance of his estranged father. Not only is the old man back, he's got this goofy idea about a road trip the two of them will take.

Nate finds himself in a pickup with a man he can't stand. His father wants to reconnect, and he wants Nate to really understand him. Larry Huffman has chosen to make this happen by taking his son into his own past, which has the Vietnam War as its centrepiece.

As the two struggle their way through the jungle of the Ashau Valley, the old man relives the horror of the battle that changed him forever, and Nate undergoes changes of his own - and they experience something that goes far beyond what either of them expected.

Review:

"This snappy, affecting YA-centered novel by Canadian teacher and author Poulsen (Numbers) is a skillful rendering of an estranged father who feels compelled to reconnect with his son. Sixteen-year-old Nate Huffman is firming up his summer vacation plans when his dad, Larry, 62, phones to say he wants 'to spend some time together.' Nate feels angry and resentful since Larry ran off 11 years earlier with a much younger woman, leaving Nate and his mother behind in Alberta. Larry divulges that they're heading to Saigon, characterizing their junket as a 'buddy movie' where Nate 'might learn something.' En route, Larry reveals elements of his colorful past to Nate and the pair stop over to visit Larry's 'strange' Vietnam War buddy, Tal Ledbetter. Once in Vietnam, Nate is awed as Larry takes him on a tour of wartime Vietnam that climaxes in a harrowing side trip into the jungle. Father and son bond as Larry explains to Nate what being a soldier taught him about manhood and life. Nate also has his first date with a girl, Jen Dodsworth, an Australian tourist visiting Vietnam with her parents. Poulson handles heavy material with sophistication and as the excursion winds down, his young protagonist learns the hardest truths about love and death. Agent: Arnold Gosewich (Canada)." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Nate takes an unexpected and unwanted trip with his estranged father, only to undergo changes in his perceptions of both himself and his dad, whose participation in the Vietnam War changed him forever.

About the Author

David A. Poulsen has been a broadcaster, teacher, football coach, and actor who spends eighty to one hundred days each year as a visiting author in schools across Canada. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Old Man, which was short-listed for the Forest of Reading White Pine award, and Numbers which won the Sakura Medal in Japan. He lives in the foothills west of Claresholm, Alberta.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781459705470
Author:
Poulsen, David A.
Publisher:
Dundurn Group (CA)
Author:
Poulsen David A.
Author:
Poulsen, David
Author:
David A., Poulsen
Location:
Toronto
Subject:
Boys / Men
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Vietnam
Subject:
War
Subject:
Father
Subject:
Son
Subject:
old
Subject:
Dad
Subject:
Summer
Subject:
ranch
Subject:
Horses
Subject:
Cancer
Subject:
Nurse
Subject:
Dog
Subject:
Fear
Subject:
Jungle.
Subject:
kill
Subject:
Die
Subject:
Baseball
Subject:
girlfriend
Subject:
Tokyo
Subject:
Headaches
Subject:
Saigon
Subject:
School
Subject:
Vacation
Subject:
motorbikes
Subject:
Noodles
Subject:
Tunnels
Subject:
My Lai
Subject:
English
Subject:
Vietnam War Father Son old Dad summer ranch horses cancer nurse dog fear jungle kill die baseball girlfriend Tokyo Headaches Saigon school vacation motorbikes noodles tunnels My Lai school English
Subject:
Vietnam War Father Son old Dad summer ranch horses cancer nurse dog fear jungle kill die baseball girlfriend Tokyo Headaches Saigon school vacation motorbikes noodles tunnels My Lai school English teaching
Subject:
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues/General
Subject:
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents
Subject:
Juvenile fiction
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Children s / Teenage fiction: General fiction
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 1 in
Age Level:
from 12 up to 18

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Product details 224 pages Dundurn Group - English 9781459705470 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This snappy, affecting YA-centered novel by Canadian teacher and author Poulsen (Numbers) is a skillful rendering of an estranged father who feels compelled to reconnect with his son. Sixteen-year-old Nate Huffman is firming up his summer vacation plans when his dad, Larry, 62, phones to say he wants 'to spend some time together.' Nate feels angry and resentful since Larry ran off 11 years earlier with a much younger woman, leaving Nate and his mother behind in Alberta. Larry divulges that they're heading to Saigon, characterizing their junket as a 'buddy movie' where Nate 'might learn something.' En route, Larry reveals elements of his colorful past to Nate and the pair stop over to visit Larry's 'strange' Vietnam War buddy, Tal Ledbetter. Once in Vietnam, Nate is awed as Larry takes him on a tour of wartime Vietnam that climaxes in a harrowing side trip into the jungle. Father and son bond as Larry explains to Nate what being a soldier taught him about manhood and life. Nate also has his first date with a girl, Jen Dodsworth, an Australian tourist visiting Vietnam with her parents. Poulson handles heavy material with sophistication and as the excursion winds down, his young protagonist learns the hardest truths about love and death. Agent: Arnold Gosewich (Canada)." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Nate takes an unexpected and unwanted trip with his estranged father, only to undergo changes in his perceptions of both himself and his dad, whose participation in the Vietnam War changed him forever.
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